It started with an email. A simple question. A question asked by a guy with a big, but undefined dream. The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum had a library dedicated to the history of aviation and Ryan wanted to visit. We left the library discouraged. We hadn’t found anything new or even particularly helpful. It was another dead end, not the first and not the last one. Despite the setback, Ryan kept in touch with Jean until the conversation eventually petered out. Months after their final correspondence, Jean sent him a note asking for his address. Shortly thereafter the above package arrived in his mailbox with everything she had found about Lucy Bolling Orrick.
I’ve been more than a little discouraged with this over the past few months as it felt like we couldn’t make any progress. All our best efforts were leading no where. But the road still calls us forward. The story still wants to be told.